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Eric Brown holds his two-month-old daughter Pearl Joy at their Nashville, Tenn. home on Monday on Oct. 1, 2012. Pearl, their third child, has alobar holoprosencephaly, a rare genetic condition that's almost always fatal. A specialist told the Browns she would probably die in the womb and advised them to end the pregnancy early. It's one thing to talk about God's will when life is good. It's another when a doctor is saying your baby won't live. The Browns were forced to consider religious, medical and ethical issues most parents never will.